Stir it up! – PDF
Key Texts: Phil. 1:29,30; Phil. 2:1-11; Jn. 8:29; II Cor. 5:9
This week we spent some time exploring “letting this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” ~ Phil. 2:5
The key points we traversed were:
- Christ considered it a privilege to suffer for the Father – It is expected therefore of the Christian, to have the same mind. Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit tells us that such has been “granted” to us.
“For you have had the privilege granted you on behalf of Christ–not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer on His behalf.” ~ Phil. 1:29
The word granted is the Greek word χαρίζομαι (charízomai) and it means to show someone a favor, to be kind to. To give or bestow a thing willingly.
- Christ did not become less in the incarnation He became more – Jesus did not lay aside His reality as God, for that would have been impossible for God to become – not God or less God. No, while still being 100% God He took ON humanity and being found a human He did what humans MUST do in proper relation to God, and humbled Himself and lived the life of a servant. ~ Phil. 2:8
- Christ lived to please the Father – “And He who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone: for I do always what is pleasing to Him.” ~ Jn. 8:29. So it is in the heart of the Christian as a seed, and must be cultivated and grown into fruition a heart which longs to be found well pleasing to Him. ~ 2Cor. 5:9.
The rest of this message was about how we view ourselves. I had no intention in spending so much time re-discovering the truths we covered throughout the rest of this morning, but I felt led of the Holy Spirit to do so. This tells me something which I mentioned in the message.
“You will never be free to be a servant until you have been convinced of your acceptance as a child.”
Perhaps I will be free to pursue this message another day, but on this day, I sensed the Lord lead me to invest more of your God birthed, re-created identity into you that you might know and that you might believe.
“In most solemn truth I tell you that he who listens to my teaching and believes Him who sent me, has the Life of the Ages, and does not come under judgement, but has passed over out of death into Life.” ~ John 5:24